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Freshman Nationals Entries Continue to Rise

Monday, March 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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The 8th annual NHSCA Freshman Nationals at the 25th Annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach will feature 37 state champs from around America.  The 106-pound weight class is stacked with 15 champs alone from 11 states and on high school wrestler from Germany.

Some notables in the 106-pound weight class...

Jose Tapia of Capital High School in New Mexico captured his second straight Class AAAA state title last month when he won the 113-pound weight class.  Tapia, who was unbeaten during 2013-14, also won a state title as an eight grader.

Danny Bertoni of Middletown High School in Maryland won his first competitive wrestling match when he was four years old.  Earlier this month, Bertoni won the Maryland 2A-1A 106-pound title with a perfect 44-0 record.

Dane Heberlein of Alexander High School in New York was also a perfect 44-0 this past season, winning New York's Division II 99-pound individual title.

Andrew Burpee of Habersham High School in Georgia won the state's Class 6A title with a 46-1 record. Burpee is Habersham's first-ever state champ.

Another Georgia state champ in the field at 106-pounds is Eli Hartley of Buford High School, who comes to Virginia Beach after capturing Georgia's 106-pound AAA state title in February.  Hartley was one of six individual AAA champs for Buford that also captured its first-ever Georgia AAA team title.

Hartley's gold medal came in heart-stopping style. He found himself down 3-0 to Noah Kile of Blessed Trinity after two periods in the finals.  After battling back to tie match at 3-3, Kile escaped to take a 4-3 led with 20 seconds to go.  Hartley captured the gold by taking down Kile with 0.8 seconds left on the clock.  Hartley's overall record for the 2013-14 season was 48-12.

Jacob Baird from Virgin Valley High School in Nevada also felt the joy mining freshman gold by beating a senior from his own school in Nevada's Division I-A classification Baird, who finished the year undefeated, beat teammate Clancy Leavitt in the finals.

Matthew Bolduc of Patch American captured the 106-pound title at the DODDS-Europe Wrestling Championships.  Patch American has won four Division I titles in the last five years.

Steven Shields of Brother Martin High School captured Louisiana's 106-pound Division I individual crown.  Shields was one of five individual champs for Brother Martin that has won three straight Louisiana Division I team titles.

Here are the other 2013-14 State Champs in the field...

106 - Jacob Baird, Virgin Valley HS (Nevada)
106 - Danny Bertoni, Middletown HS (Maryland)
106 - Matt Bolduc, Patch American HS (Germany)
106 - Dylan Boone, SouthLake Christian HS (North Carolina)
106 - Andrew Burpee, Habersham Central HS (Georgia)
106 - Jayce Cunha, Ironwood Ridge HS (Arizona)
106 - Luke Davis, St. John's College (Maryland)
106 - Sawyer Degan, Belgrade HS (Montana)
106 - Eli Hartley, Buford HS (Georgia)
106 - Dane Heberlein, Alexander HS (New York)
106 - Gavin Hutchens, Pigeon Forge HS (Tennessee)
106 - Bjorn Schroeder, Bozeman HS (Montana)
106 - Steven Shields, Brother Martin HS (Louisiana)
106 - Jose Tapia, Capital HS (New Mexico)
106 - Zachary Van Alst, Montgomery Catholic HS (Alabama)
113 - Bradley Beaulieu, Marshwood HS (Maine)
113 - Jake Brindley, Lake Highland Prep (Florida)
113 - Hunter Dusold, Locust Valley HS (New York)
113 - Christian Miller, Plainview HS (Nebraska)
113 - Reid Stewart, Brookville HS (Virginia)
120 - Knox Fuller, Bradley Central HS (Tennessee)
120 - Grant Hall, Croatan HS (North Carolina)
120 - Quentin Hovis, Seton Catholic Prep (Arizona)
120 - Franco Valdez, Southwest HS (Florida)
120 - Joshua Wyland, Benedictine College (Virginia)
126 - Hayden Hastings, Sheridan HS (Wyoming)
126 - Victor Plante II, Bedford HS (New Hampshire)
132 - Gil Gerber, Arrichion HS (North Carolina)
132 - Jacob Hart, Independence HS (West Virginia)
138 - Jared Henry, Dayton HS (Oregon)
138 - Max Wohlabaugh, Bishop Moore HS (Florida)
152 - Noah Adams, Independence HS (West Virginia)
152 - Anthony Falbo, Newtown HS (Connecticut)
160 - Caleb Little, Jefferson HS (Georgia)
182 - Justin Allman, Parkersburg South HS (West Virginia)
195 - Jeffrey Allen, Amherst College (Virginia)
220 - Sammy Evans, Alcoa HS (Tennessee)

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